Traumatic Brain Injury

Effects of Rapid Resisted Exercise

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Research Study Seeking Volunteers:

The purpose of this research is to compare motor coordination, balance abilities, thinking abilities and emotional well-being between individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and those without TBI. We will also study how these are related to connections within the brain. Finally, we will study if exercise or bright light sessions can improve coordination, balance, mood and how the brain works in TBI.

This TBI Exercise Protocol (10-CC-0150) will require 1 outpatient visit to the NIH in Bethesda, MD. This visit has 2 parts. The first part is testing motor coordination, balance and thinking abilities and emotional well-being. Tests will involve walking, running, jumping, balancing on moving and non-moving surfaces, and answering questions that require quick thinking and remembering, as well as reporting how you are feeling or have felt in a variety of situations. These tests will take 3-4 hours. The second part is a brain scan. This part will take no more than 2 hours.

We are currently seeking volunteers for this study. You may qualify if you:

  • Are between the ages of 18-44, inclusive
  • Have no injury or medical condition that would affect your ability to do the motor tests

For the brain scan you cannot be pregnant, be claustrophobic, or have any metal fragments, wires, electrodes, etc in your brain or on any part of your body. 

There is no cost to participate and a small amount of compensation is offered to those who participate.

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact us at (301) 451-7529 or The federal relay TTY number is 1-866-411-1010.

You may also find more information at

This project is a collaboration of the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM). The CNRM leverages the talents of top clinicians and scientists at the U.S. Department of Defense and the NIH to improve the understanding of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Please visit

Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

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This page last updated on 06/23/2017

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